You may have noticed that I recently wrote about the Vype Pebble – there was a big launch of the newest product from the GoVype range, and being cute, colourful, and pretty innovative, I was eager to try it for myself. In case you didn’t spot the post, you can find it here > Have You Seen the Vype Pebble?
Luckily I didn’t need to wait long – big thanks to Vype for sending me this little beauty!
Now, before I get started on the full Vype Pebble review, there are a couple of things I would first like to say -
1 – this is not a kit for you if you want a massive sub ohm device with lots of features.
2 – it’s the simplest vaporizer I’ve EVER gotten my hands on.
3 – you’re going to love it. I’m sorry, but there’s a good chance you are.
The “small and mighty vaping device” actually is quite mighty for something so … small. But it’s definitely not in the same league as those bigger box mods, like the Kangertech Nano Topbox I recently tried and reviewed. You can tell that just by looking at it.
Now I’ve gotten those three points out the way, let’s get started. I know you’re all excited to hear what I thought about it.
Vype Pebble Review
The Vype Pebble Kit is £17.99, and it comes in five colors – black, green, red, blue, and yellow. I got myself the yellow one. It’s lots of fun, but not exactly discreet.
“What’s that yellow thing you keep putting in your mouth?”
Just when people got used to vaporizers and people vaping, Vype think outside the box and create something that looks like not other vaping device I’ve ever tried. Let’s be honest though … it does look cute, doesn’t it?
Let’s get started with how it looks while we’re on the subject of it. It’s tiny. Do you remember those old Motorola Pebble (I can’t remember the spelling) phones? Well, it’s a little like that. It looks and feels like a little pebble that you’d pick up from the beach – smooth, fits nicely in the hand, and … well, just nice. I guess that’s where the ‘Pebble’ name comes from? It’s a nice name for a nice-feeling device.
If we’re picking colours, I’d probably have gone with the black. I love how fun and fresh these look, and that’s the beauty of it – there are five colours so you can pick your favourite. If colours are important to you, of course.
The starter kit will give you one flavour cartridge, one Pebble vaping device, a USB charger, and all the instructions you need to work and understand it. The instructions were great by the way – I’d highly recommend you give them a read. I’m forever breaking stuff because I don’t ever read them first … (I’m an idiot, I know.)
I don’t know how big the battery capacity is for the Vype Pebble, although I have tried to find out. It doesn’t list the information on the website. When I tore open my box, the light on the button of my Pebble device went red rather quickly, as you’ll see if you check out my unboxing video. That red light lasted a hell of a lot longer than I figured it would – I was still using it 24 hours later, admittedly on and off.
The battery will turn red when you need to charge it, and then it’ll flash red when the device has totally died. When you plug it in, the button stays red for a moment, and then pulsates. When the device has finished charging, the button will pulsate green, and eventually it will stay a solid green. That’s when you unplug it and start to use it again.
It took about 45 minutes for the Pebble to charge entirely. That’s actually quite impressive. But, then again, we don’t know how big that battery capacity is do we?
I only received one flavour cartridge with my Vype Pebble (I’ll talk about that in a moment), and that ran out before I managed to get a good run out of the battery. I have got more on the way though, so I’ll update this with more info as and when I get it. If you wish to be kept in the loop, give my Facebook page a cheeky like. That’s where I shout it all out.
Cartridge-dilemma aside, the battery of this device is quite impressive. I *think* I got about 6 or 7 hours of on-off vaping out of it before it died. And it seemed to be on that red light for a really, really, really long time. I actually thought I’d broken it – like the light has been stuck that way – until I charged it up again. It wasn’t broken.
As a final note, you don’t need to push the button to vape. You press it once for a couple of seconds to turn it on / off. Also, it turns off after a while when you don’t use it so you need to remember to hold that button down to turn it back on again.
The Pebble cartridges can be bought here at £5.99 for a pack of two. Each cartridge is said to last for 700 puffs, so that’s 1,400 puffs for £5.99. You can find those here.
The average cigarette is meant to be around 15-25 puffs, which means each Pebble cartridge *should* be the equivalent of 28 – 46 cigarettes. That’s if you were vaping the Pebble like you would a cigarette though. Every vaper I’ve met (including myself) chain-vapes. Or binge-vapes. Whatever you like to call it – vaping heavily in the evening, not vaping during the day because you’re at work, vaping more at weekends and days off. Does that make sense?
To be fair, the ‘guestimation’ of 700 puffs, or 28 to 46 cigarettes, isn’t bad. I got about 24 hours worth of use out of it, using it on and off, before the battery died, and then the cartridge died not long after the battery had been fully charged. Over the course of 24 hours, I probably would have smoked in the region of around 18 – 20 cigarettes, dependant on what I was doing that day.
In short, you’re paying £5.99 for about two day’s worth of smoking. If you were smoking 20 per day for two days, you’d spend much more than that – £20 or maybe just under / over.
Compared to smoking, the Vype Pebble is a cheaper alternative. Compared to vaping with other devices however, it’s actually more expensive. With something like the Vype eBox, eTank Pro, or eTank, you can refill the tank as you go, with your own liquid. You don’t need to refill a Vype tank with Vype liquid. From what I can make out, these Vype Pebble cartridges cannot BE REFILLED. If they can I haven’t found a way to do it.
I like the Pebble cartridge because they’re easy – no muss, no fuss – but they’re not the cheapest option. I’m just being honest with you. One month’s worth of vaping with the Vype Pebble would cost you:
£17.99 for the kit
£5.99 x 15 – one cartridge per day = 89.85
And that’s before you have the realisation that you’ll have nothing to use while your Vype Pebble is charging. It DOES charge up in less than an hour, which is a good point, and you could always buy a second unit. For under £20, it’s hardly going to break the bank.
One month’s worth of vaping with the Vype eTank Pro however, works out a little cheaper:
£24.99 for the kit
Eliquid – I would guess about 5 / 6 bottles 10ml to see you through the month, sometimes more, sometimes less. I get sent a lot of liquid so it’s not easy for me to work out how much I go through, although I would estimate less than that. Vype offer a buy-5-bottles-get-1-free approach so £6.99 (10ml) x 6 = £34.95
Even if you needed to buy new coils for your Vype eTank Pro, they’re only £9.99 for a pack of 5.
To conclude – the Vype Pebble is the easiest vaping option, and the cleanest / quickest / coolest / most-colourful, but it’s not the cheapest. Still cheaper than smoking, but not cheaper than other vaping options.
Throat Hit & Vapour
I got an 18mg Golden Tobacco cartridge for this Vype Pebble review, and that gave me a very smooth and enjoyable vape. It had none of that plastic taste that I often complained about with the other Vype models I’d tried, and I actually really enjoyed using it. It has a different kind of mouthpiece to other vaping devices, which took a little getting used to, but in the long run, it was lots of fun and easy to vape with.
It doesn’t give off the gruffest of throat hits. It’s much more of a mellow, easy vape – something for beginners, for example. If you were using to smoking with strong cigarettes, or roll-ups, this might not cut the mustard for you. It’s really smooth, maybe a little too smooth for some?
There are two ways of vaping with the Vype Pebble, but you wouldn’t know it. If you hold the liquid-filled cartridge into the Pebble unit when you inhale, you’ll get a deeper, gruffer, more serious hit. If you don’t pull the cartridge in towards the unit when you inhale, it’ll provide you with a lighter, softer and smoother vape. It’s quite a clever little trick to know.
Vype Pebble Review – Conclusion
I really liked the Vype Pebble, but I must admit that it’s probably not for everyone. It’s a lot of fun, and certainly very colourful, but it’s not the most powerful device on the market. If you’re looking for a serious vaporiser, this one isn’t the one for you.
If you’re looking for your very first vape device however, or you’re just looking for something small and discreet to use while you’re out and about, this might be the one for you. It’s smooth enough to NOT make you cough when you use it, something that many smokers who want to vape often quote as putting them off the vaping habit. It’s got a decent taste, with none of that plastic-ness that I’ve noted with the other Vype models. It’s super easy to use, super simple to put together – literally just click and go – and it’s cheap too. It would make a great stocking stuffer for someone who you really wish would finally quit smoking … Just saying.
It’s a great fun little device and after taking everything into careful consideration, I have decided to rate it 4 stars out of 5.
It’s not for everyone, and it can be seen as quite novelty-like, but it does what it claims to do, and it does it really well too!
Finally, if you liked the Vype Pebble review, why not take a peek at the other Vype stuff I’ve tried …